Big Blunder by BBC Presenter: Makes Middle Finger Gesture Live on TV

Written by Henrik Rothen

Dec.08 - 2023 11:43 AM CET

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BBC Presenter Makes Middle Finger Gesture Live on TV.

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Maryam Moshiri, the host of "BBC News Now" on the UK's main news channel, began her news segment by making a middle finger gesture towards the camera, unaware that she was already live on air.

This is an image that Maryam Moshiri, a journalist at the BBC, would have undoubtedly preferred not to have broadcast. On Wednesday, December 6, before presenting BBC News Now, a news program broadcast throughout the United Kingdom and available worldwide, the presenter made a middle finger gesture at the camera... without realizing that she was already live.

As the classic countdown before the start concludes, Maryam Moshiri is seen making a middle finger gesture while smiling... before quickly adopting a serious demeanor and presenting the news headlines.

A Video Gone Viral "Live from London, you're watching BBC News," she says, opening her segment with the apologies of Boris Johnson, the former British Prime Minister, to the families of Covid-19 victims.

But it's too late: the image exists, and the clip is shared on social media. Going viral, it has been viewed several hundred thousand times in just a few hours.

Neither the BBC nor the journalist Maryam Moshiri have publicly reacted so far.

The incident recalls another middle finger gesture broadcast by mistake on the same channel over 13 years ago. In August 2010, meteorologist Tomasz Schafernaker, believing he was off-air, made a middle finger gesture at journalist Simon McCoy, after McCoy had gently teased him.

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